Sceaux momentum gathers pace
Willie Mullins is happy to take small steps with Un De Sceaux as he attempts to maintain his unbeaten record in the Red Mill Trial Hurdle.
The six-year-old burst on to the scene at the end of last season, beating some useful rivals hollow at the Punchestown Festival.
Un De Sceaux has looked extremely impressive in two races this year, but his critics point to the fact that he only defeated two runners at Thurles and at Navan.
He will only face three rivals at Gowarn on Saturday - stable companion Midnight Game, Chicago and The Four Elms.
While the Champion Hurdle would represent a huge step up in class, Mullins is content to keep picking up races along the way.
"Running on ground that is going to be this heavy is always a worry but he appears to handle it well," said the County Carlow handler.
"If he runs to anything like his previous form then you'd think he could win.
"I'm not worried at all that if he runs at Cheltenham he will not have faced a tough test, I'm quite happy building him up step by step.
"I'm quite happy building up gradually and keeping him happy."